Add These 8 Songs to Your Playlist for a DIY Spin Class

If you’re someone who finds the freezing temperatures of winter unbearable, even the shortest stints outside can seem like pure torture. But you don’t need to spend the next few months dreading every moment you’re in your drafty office or outdoors. We looked through Amazon and found plenty of products, ranging from heated scarves to insulated coffee mugs, that will keep you warm without breaking the bank. Check out some of our favorite finds for under $25.

1. Refillable Zippo Hand Warmers; $20

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There is a long list of unpleasantries that comes along with winter, and being unable to keep your hands warm is definitely near the top of that list. But thankfully, there are these refillable, flameless Zippo hand warmers, which can last for up to 12 hours. All you need to do is remove the burner, add the lighter fluid (which is available on Amazon for $10), place the burner back on, apply a flame, and enjoy the comfort of having warm hands again.

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2. Heated Scarf; $18

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We have heated gloves, hand warmers, and even heated socks. But what about when your neck gets cold? Enter PerfectPrime’s electric scarf, which comes with two heaters that allow you to swap between low or high heat. All you need to do is hook one of the heaters up to the included USB cord; place both in the inset of the scarf; attach the cord to the power pack, which sits in a small pouch; and enjoy the added warmth. (The power pack isn’t included but you can pick one up on Amazon for $27). And when it comes time, the heaters can be removed and the scarf can be thrown in the washer for an easy clean.

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3. Mug Warmer; $23

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It’s hard to stay warm in your home or office when that perfect cup of coffee you just poured yourself goes cold after just a few minutes on your desk. This mug warmer can help prevent that by keeping your drink nice and hot, even if you’re away from it for over an hour. Simply hit the “tempering” button to choose your ideal temperature of 104℉, 131℉, or 149℉, and rest your mug on top. And if your distractions take you away for too long, there’s no need to worry as the warmer will shut off after four hours.

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4. USB Hand warmers; $20

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If you work in a cold office, forcing yourself to type with freezing hands can seem nearly impossible. But now, you can ensure your hands stay nice and toasty with these super adorable toast hand warmers. Fingerless and with adjustable wrist straps, these plush gloves are one size fits all and perfectly whimsical. All you need to do is slip them on, hook them up to the USB drive on your computer, and enjoy the extra dexterity.

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5. Viking Horns and Beard Beanie; $19

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If you’re going to be out in the cold, this hand-knit Acrylic beanie, complete with Viking horns and beard, is perfect for bringing a little levity to the bitterness outside. Not only will this winter accessory be a great conversation starter, but the beard and cap will ensure your face and head stay plenty warm. If you aren’t quite feeling the beard—though we really have no idea why you wouldn’t—it’s removable. You can find this beanie in brown, black, and two shades of gray.

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6. Heated mouse; $23

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If you don’t want to completely cover your hands while working in a chilly office, this heated mouse may be your best bet. It plugs right into your computer through a USB cord and will heat up to 99°F-120°F, allowing you to choose the right level of warmth while avoiding the inevitable sweaty palms that come with wearing gloves indoors. Just remember, this is a mouse designed for work or school—basically anything more casual. If you’re looking to keep warm while doing more precise work (like design work or gaming), check out this heated mouse pad for $33.

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7. Yeti Insulated Mug; $25

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Pouring yourself a warm drink is the easy part—it’s keeping it warm that gets tricky. And no one wants to rush through their hot coffee or tea just so it doesn’t cool down too fast (think about your poor tongue!). With this insulated mug from Yeti, you can keep your drink warmer for longer, allowing you to sip at your own speed. Yeti is a company known for durability, so this 14-ounce mug is perfect whether you’re taking it to the office or on a long hike or camping trip.

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8. Hogwarts Scarf; $20

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This officially licensed Harry Potter Hogwarts scarf from Cinereplicas is about as authentic to J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world as you’ll get without an owl delivering you an acceptance letter. The scarf is so faithful to the color scheme from the films that it even uses the same Pantone shades as seen on the screen. The comfy knit feel will keep you warm in the winter, and the movie-accurate design will help it double as part of a costume come Halloween time. For a few dollars more, you can buy scarves based on Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, and Slytherin.

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9. These Incredibly Warm Socks; $13

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If you’re working from home—or just taking part in some world-class hygge—you need these incredibly cozy, incredibly versatile socks. You can wear them to sleep on a cold night, keep them on all day like slippers, or wear them with shoes during those early-morning commutes as the thermometers plummet. Best of all, while they’re warm, they’re not suffocating. They’re soft, with enough breathability to prevent your feet from overheating.

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10. Touchscreen gloves; $7-$12

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Not even the bitter cold should keep you from your Instagram scrolling, and with these touchscreen gloves, you can keep your digits warm without having to sacrifice your social media time. These gloves were made specifically with phones and other gadgets in mind, so while they’re ready to keep you comfortable in winter weather, the material allows you to use your device without worrying that your fingers won’t register on the screen. Plus, the silicone on the gloves will help prevent your phone from slipping from your grip.

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Spinning Music: 10 Songs for an Intense DIY Ride

Unlike running, where a steady pace is often the goal, the effectiveness of a spinning workout can totally depend on tempo changes. To that end, this playlist jumps around (from 109 BPM to 140 BPM) to replicate sprints, hills, and jumps along your ride. To mix things up even more, the music comes from a variety of genres and eras-with Taylor Swift, Skrillex, and Sly Stone each pushing you forward.

Here’s the full list, courtesy of RunHundred.com, the web’s most popular workout music website.

Taylor Swift – State of Grace – 130 BPM

Chris Brown – Don’t Wake Me Up – 128 BPM

Sly & The Family Stone – Dance to the Music – 132 BPM

Skrillex & Sirah – Bangarang – 109 BPM

Justin Bieber & Ludacris – All Around the World – 130 BPM

Carrie Underwood – Good Girl – 130 BPM

Kaci Battaglia – Crazy Possessive – 140 BPM

2 Unlimited – Get Ready For This (Orchestral Mix) – 124 BPM

Swedish House Mafia & John Martin – Don’t You Worry Child (Radio Edit) – 128 BPM

The Wanted – Chasing the Sun – 129 BPM

To find more workout songs, check out the free database at Run Hundred. You can browse by genre, tempo, and era to find the best songs to rock your workout.

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Spinning® Class Music Playlists

Spinning® Class Music Playlists

Get your classes amped up for an amazing ride. Check out our monthly playlists or our list of all-time favorites below.

Monthly Playlists
January 2017
February 2017
March 2017
April 2017
May 2017

Spinning® Flat and Fast Cadence Interval Ride

This ride will give your students a significant amount of time to experience each cadence, so that they can get a feel for the full range of speed. You’ll define the cadence while the students find the appropriate gear to create a high intensity (aerobic/ anaerobic) effort.
Submitted by Spinning® Instructor Jennifer Ward, RD, LDN, CLC, CPT

Boston Balance – Endurance

This ride is a great way to further enhance your students base level of fitness using a pyramid format.
Submitted by Spinning® Instructor Jennifer Ward, RD, LDN, CLC, CPT

Thigh Trimming Part 1

Thigh Thunder Intervals – Part 1 This is a great sequel to the Butt Blaster Intervals. Now that your students have had the opportunity to build power on the hills, now it’s time to start to practice transitioning the high powered efforts on the hills to a flat road.
Submitted by Spinning® Instructor Jennifer Ward, RD, LDN, CLC, CPT

Flicker Beat

This ride starts you off into the islands for some free-flow and takes you into a trance ride for a fast run. Once you’ve rolled out of the climbs, you’ll come back into a run/free-flow style party.
Submitted by Certified Spinning® Instructor Anita Janoyan; La Crescenta, California

Lunch Break

Take a lunch break and do something goof for yourself! Combine periods of hard work, with a balanced recovery for an exciting interval ride.
Submitted by certified Spinning® Instructor Sarah Hastings ? South Acworth, New Hampshire

Power Surge

Enjoy the challenge of three hills. Each hill is progressively shorter yet steeper in intensity. Use your internal power to surge through your journey!
Submitted by certified Spinning® Instructor Melissa O’Toole – Palo Cedro, California

Survival Spinning® Class

A motivating mix of songs dedicated to breast cancer survivors in honor of breast cancer awareness month. Perfect for “pink” rides or rides specific for fundraising events for any cause.
Submitted by certified Spinning® Instructor Megan do Nascimento ? Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Spinning® Dead

Enjoy this Halloween themed playlist featuring a variety of horror movie theme songs. Ride away from zombies and monsters with this spooky playlist!
Submitted by certified Spinning® Instructor Jessica Becker

The Ultimate Spin Class Playlist – 2019

Whether you are preparing for a Backroads trip or are just looking for a terrific way to stay fit, joining a local spin class such as SoulCycle, Flywheel or Cyclebar is a great idea. These classes are usually just under an hour and provide you with high-intensity cardio as well as resistance training while pedaling. Plus, the adrenaline-inducing spin class playlists the instructors blast to accompany your workout are all the incentive one needs to get spinning!

It’s been scientifically proven that listening to music while working out “distracts people from pain and fatigue, elevates mood, increases endurance, reduces perceived effort and may even promote metabolic efficiency.”

But what if you want to get that spin class experience on your own? Hop on the bike at your local gym or in your garage and get moving–we’ve created a spin class playlist just for you!

The Warm-Up

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A sufficient warm-up is crucial to a good workout–it helps loosen up your muscles and gets your adrenaline pumping. Start with a steady beat to find your rhythm on the saddle and leave all your stress and worries behind. These warm-up songs will help get you in the zone:

The Climb

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Increase the resistance on your bike and feel your stamina building as you work up a sweat. It’s important that the music has a good build up, a solid drop and motivating lyrics. Here’s where you realize your potential and push it just a little harder than you thought you could. There’s no hill you cannot climb. Turn up the volume; you got this.

The Home Stretch

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Once your blood is pumping, your endorphins are releasing and you’re feeling on top of the world, it’s no time to quit! Continue pedaling on tempo–try double time during the choruses if you’re feeling ambitious. Put on a feel-good song that matches your mood and can take you to the finish line strong. One of these upbeat jams should do the trick:

The Cool Down

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Now you can relax and wind down to more soothing music after a challenging workout–think of this as the yoga savasana of your spin class. Slow down, catch your breath and release any lingering tension you may have. You can use your bike as a prop to sufficiently stretch your legs out, which will help prevent muscle soreness in the week ahead.

  • “Drops of Jupiter” by Train
  • “Where is The Love?” by The Black Eyed Peas
  • “Man in the Mirror” by Michael Jackson
  • “Four Five Seconds” by Rihanna, Kanye West, Paul McCartney
  • “Peaceful, Easy Feeling” by The Eagles

Listen to our full cycling playlist on Spotify. Looking for our 2018 Playlist? Check it out here!

There’s so much craze around Spin studios nowadays, and for good reason! Those classes are fun, and you get a great workout. But the truth of the matter is, these popular boutiques are available in very limited locations. Like, there are four SoulCycle locations in the Hamptons, and maybe 17 in NYC, but not a single one in San Diego, Phoenix, Denver, Seattle, or Nashville.

We’re a bit spoiled in San Francisco, and get to take advantage of all types of Spin studios, including one of our favorites: Wheel House. We wanted to bring the fun to everyone who doesn’t have a boutique cycling studio in town, so we asked one of our favorite Wheel House instructors, Avery Johnson, to create a program for you. If you’re reading this from a cycle-less locale, you can now get the Spin without the studio!

Avery’s program is founded — as most Spin classes are — on a high-energy, intense, dance-centric playlist. She brings all the edge, fun, and bright pop sounds of an on-trend San Francisco playlist, curated and selected by BPMs for a strategically planned class.

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Here’s her mix for your next cycling session at the gym, complete with her notes for each song. Read through and get an idea of how your “class” will go. Trust us, you’re going to feel like you’re right there in the studio with these sweet beats and Avery’s thorough instructions.

Some notes before you get started:

  • For your bike’s resistance, Avery says to break it up on a scale of one to five, with five being max resistance. “One is a flat road, five is like a mountain climb. Find your edge!”
  • If you don’t know hand positions, now is the time to get acquainted. Use our Spinning hands cheat sheet to get familiar before you dive into the instructions.

The structure:

  • Song 1: Warm up. Add on resistance to support yourself out of the saddle (standing), but not too much resistance, so you can still move easily. March to the beat! Add on a bit more resistance during each chorus to warm up those legs.
  • Song 2: Sprint. (Gear at 2 out of 5.) Keep your butt in the saddle, and get ready for two 30-second sprints during each chorus of this song. “Listen as the beat builds up — speed your legs up, then explode!”
  • Song 3: Jumps. (Gear at 2.5 out of 5.) Build speed in between each chorus. When the “beat drops” and the chorus hits, “jump” out of the saddle to run for four beats, then back down for four (squeeze your booty each time you jump up!). Repeat until chorus ends (about 30 seconds). Do this for two sets. Keep your core tight and hands light.
  • Song 4: Jog. (Gear at 2.5-3 out of 5.) This is a fast movement out of the saddle. Relax and smooth out your leg movements as much as possible — this is really going to get your glutes and thighs! Keep your hips back and hands light with your core tight. Relax through your shoulders.
  • Song 5: First Hill. (Gear starts at 2.5.) Gradually increase your resistance from 2.5 to 5 during the course of the song. Find your edge! Advanced riders, feel free to walk your booty back for counts of four during the chorus to further engage glutes. Be sure to keep core tight to protect your lower back.
  • Song 6: Second Sprint. (Gear starts at 3.) This time around, you’ll do three 30-second pushes. Start off at 3 out of 5, then 2.5 out of 5, then fly (run your legs quickly) with 2 out of 5 on resistance. You’ll hear the beat build — build with it! Then explode when the chorus hits and the beat drops.
  • Song 7: Jumps Round 2. (Gear at 2.5 out of 5.) This is the same format as your first set of jumps in song 3 (so you start in the saddle, and jump during the chorus), but this time you can add in some optional arm work. Avery says to drop arms for two push-ups (elbows drop straight in toward your rib cage, like a triceps push-up) in between each four-count jump. The first beat drop happens one minute into song. Do two 30-second jump sets for each chorus.
  • Song 8: March. (Gear at 3 out of 5.) You’re up and out of the saddle for a “mini hill.” Keep your hands out in position 3, but when the chorus hits, run those legs as fast as you can. This is really gonna burn that booty!
  • Song 9: Second Hill. (Gear at 3 out of 5.) Have fun on this one! Start in the saddle on 3 out of five. Halfway through, stand up out of the saddle and increase resistance to the end! March to the beat, of course. Advanced: walk back for 4 counts during the chorus.
  • Song 10: Lighter March (Gear at 3 out of 5) Step it out to the beat. During the chorus, tighten up your core for push-ups. “Elbows in, chest drops low. Core tight!”
  • Song 11: Sprint Home! (Gear starts at 3 out of 5.) Build up your leg speed as the song beat builds. Then 1.5 minutes into the song, drop your resistance to 2 out of 5. Once the first drop hits (at 2:06), let your legs fly for a 30-second sprint. Slow the legs for a quick break, then build back up and do it all again. The last 30-second sprint hits at 3:56. “Finish it off with a round of triceps push-ups if you’re feeling bold.” Otherwise, just roll out the legs into your cooldown!
  • Song 12: Cool Down. Take off the resistance, slow your legs down, and bring your heart rate down. March out of the saddle and stretch thoroughly. Avery says to make sure you’re getting “water, water, water,” and that “a healthy carby and protein snack” is ideal for a post-workout snack to fuel your cooldown.

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What are some of your favorite songs for spin class? Do you have go to songs that are regularly used for climbs, sprints and jumps? Please leave your favorites in the comment section!

Here are some of my favorites that gets my legs racing and my heart pumping:

Sprint Songs (Seated):

  • B.O.B, OutKast
  • C.U.B.A, Calvin Harris
  • It Was You, Calvin Harris
  • When Will the Base Drop, The Lonely Island
  • Bodies, Drowning Pool
  • Turbo, New Kids

Sprint Songs (Standing):

  • Let’s Go, Calvin Harris
  • Applause, Lady Gaga
  • Tambourine, Eve
  • Beat Down, Steve Aoki
  • Welcome to the Jungle, Guns N’ Roses
  • We Run The Night, Havana Brown

Climb Songs (Seated with Standing):

  • Under The Sheets-Chidd Bang Remix, Ellie Goulding
  • How Deep is Your Love, Calvin Harris
  • Radioactive, Imagine Dragons
  • Jump, Rihanna
  • Glory and Gore, Lorde
  • Royals, Lorde
  • Gold, Imagine Dragons
  • Counting Sheep, SAFIA

Climb Songs (Standing with runs up a hill):

  • Meltdown, Strome
  • Ghost, Ella Henderson
  • Take U There, Jack U
  • Sugar-Remix, Maroon 5
  • Lean On , Major Lazer
  • Trouble, Iggy Azalea
  • Outta Your Mind, Lil Jon
  • Get Back, Ludacris

Jump Songs (4 count in the saddle and 4 count out of saddle):

  • Moves Like Jagger, Maroon 5
  • Come Get It Bae, Pharrell Williams
  • Shots, Lil Jon
  • Get Ugly, Jason Derulo
  • Pump It, Black Eyed Peas
  • Wop, J. Dash
  • Boomerang, DJ Felli Fel

Jump Songs (4 count at 2 and 4 count at 3) :

When I’m planning out one of my spin classes, I put a lot of time and effort into music selection. Without a doubt the most common complaint I hear about spinning is that it’s “boring.” I totally get where people are coming from because riding on a bike that goes nowhere for 45 minutes or an hour does seem a bit redundant, but a good instructor can make a huge difference and make a class pass by in a flash by creating a solid workout that keeps you challenged and engaged and your body guessing.

Creating a safe, quality workout is my number one priority, but I also pour a lot of time into the playlists I create for my classes because I know a motivating workout playlist can make a huge difference in the level of enjoyment many people get out of a class. I love selecting upbeat music that makes you instantly want to hop off the bike and dance, but I also get a lot of joy out of choosing songs for the climbs I incorporate into my spin classes.

For a climb, I like music that is slower and just a little more intense. I prefer music that makes you want to dig deep for climbs and below I am sharing some of my all-time favorite songs that I’ve used in my classes that seem to go over well with my class participants.

Best Spinning Climb Songs

  • Kiesza – Hideaway

Such a cool song! It’s a great one because there are a lot of moments where the music kicks out which oddly seems to help increase intensity and gives me the perfect moment to encourage class participants to push a little harder. The more I’ve used this song for climbs, the more I love it!

  • Phil Collins – In The Air Tonight

This is my all time favorite song to use for a climb! For this song, I guide the class through the first half of the climb in position one and have everyone come up out of the saddle when the beat drops at 3:40 and finish the climb in position three. It’s a slow song to start, but when the beat hits, I love seeing everyone dig deep to finish strong! My classes love this one!

  • Fort Minor – Remember the Name

It’s hard not to feel motivated when you’re climbing to a song with these lyrics:

This is ten percent luck, twenty percent skill
Fifteen percent concentrated power of will
Five percent pleasure, fifty percent pain
And a hundred percent reason to remember the name

The original version of this song has some curse words, so be sure to look for the clean version if you use it to teach!

  • 4 Non Blondes – What’s Up

If you teach a class that always seems to get into music from the ‘90s, this one is a great one to include. It’s an easy one to get lost in and I’ve even had people scream, “What’s Going On!?” aloud along with the song a time or two which makes things a little more fun! At almost five minutes long, this song allows you to get a little creative and the last 20 seconds slow down significantly, transitioning perfectly into a cool down or active recovery.

  • Benny Benassi ft. Gary Go – Cinema (Skrillex Remix)

This definitely is not a song everyone enjoys, so knowing your audience is important, but I’ll use “Cinema” for a crowd that seems to get into dubstep/EDM music. It’s gritty and intense!

  • Ella Henderson – Ghost

This song is just pretty. Though it’s a newer song, it’s a good one to use in classes where you get a wide variety of ages because it seems to appeal to most people. I’ve had a number of some of my older participants come up to me after class and request the name and artist of this one.

  • Foreigner – Juke Box Hero

As a big-time fan of classic rock, I may be a little biased toward this song! About 30 seconds in, it really picks up but it continues to ebb and flow through the nearly four and a half minutes, which I love. It’s another one that tends to cross generations and appeals to a variety of class participants.

  • Evanescence – Bring Me To Life

“Bring Me To Life” is another song that isn’t a hit with everyone. It’s slow and intense but those who enjoy this song really seem to get into it. I am a big-time fan!

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Question of the Afternoon

  • Fellow indoor cycling lovers: What are some of your favorite songs to hear during a climb that always make you want to dig a little deeper?

11 Songs To Lip Sync To in Spin Class, Because Celebrities Aren’t The Only Ones Who Own the ‘Lip Sync Battles’

This, ladies and gentlemen, is how you lip sync in BADASS Style in Spin Class!

I don’t care what certification you get – take a class with an instructor with a penchant for random mixing 1930 oldies ,country music, yoga, random indie punk and some other oddball tunes into some hacked together playlist that was probably just the random play on Spotify and that 60-minute class suddenly feels like a 2 hour ride through wet sand.

On the flip side, if you get a BADASS instructor who loves her music and who provides a playlist with a variety of rock, hip/hop, and techno, trance and yes old and new but with some sort of freaking theme – you’ll barely notice the roaring pain in your legs.

A BADASS instructor also knows how to choreograph the different drill positions used in class with the timing of their music. No this is not dancing on the bike like some freak… but it FEELS right. You are in a groove.

There is no better feeling than struggling through a high-resistance seated hill climb only to be rewarded with a downhill sprint as the song transitions into its chorus.​ YEAh baby!

BUT ISN”T IT CRAZY WHEN YOUR INSTRUCTOR STARTS TO SING ALONG! – and only you guys know what I’m talking about!!! You crazy spinning fanatics!

​I should say for me lip sync – rather. God has not been kind to me with my vocal abilities.

But sometimes I just loose my mind/body and zone in so deep I am GONE. I’m singing along to that tune and I look up and holy F – I see the class singing along too!!! MAGIC!

Now sing along class I know are not for everyone. But I distinctly remember years ago this older instructor “retiring” from his spin volunteer job. I accidentally showed up at his last class. IT WAS PACKED. He played all old country and western! The class was for older folks and was early – and they LOVED HIM! There were tears. Who was going to carry on his much loved Karaoke class!

And that my friends is why I love this community so much. ​We have so much diversity. All ages, fitness levels – from jocks to jokers! The common denominator! We LOVE THE RIDE!

A Crash Course in Lip Sync Badassery For Rockstar Instructor!

Since its release, Miley Cyrus’s Wrecking Ball had its fair share of spoof covers but actress Anne Hathaway knocked it out of the park. Study this and learn. She is all in from the start… no holding this woman back.

Here are my 11 of my favorite spin songs to Sing Along to, in no particular order:

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